In light of the fact that my day of birth is to be celebrated today, I can't help but reflect on the past two decades of knowledge and wisdom that has been crammed into my tiny little brain. I have learned much in 20 years (wow, that sounds so old!), so I will just list the few things I have learned in the past few weeks. Here we are:
1- Never underestimate the value of a voice or the power of a cough drop.
2- Teachers are like ducks- calm on the outside, but pedaling at breakneck speed under the surface. I have a much greater respect for them now that I'm *trying* to become one.
3- People really do listen. So when you speak, speak with words that are "seasoned with salt" and very intentional.
4- Don't say "yes ma'am" at the checkout counter unless you know it's a ma'am.
5- Living Hope apparently has a basement?
6- Our hearts are deceitful and desperately wicked... but grace is so much greater than all our sins
7- God is... very BIG.
8- I do not always have the right words to say when people are in a crisis. In fact, I almost never have the right words to say. The extent of the comfort I provide is simply holding the phone or holding the hand and giving them a smile... and hoping they get something out of it. I do wish a smile could make anything better!
9- I am an awkward hugger, but I love hugs
And while you're at it, say a little "Happy Birthday" to my pal Dr. Seuss... we're birthday buddies :)